There are two kinds of breathing. External respiration, the air moving in and out of our lungs; and internal respiration, the delivery of oxygen and removal of waste from our tissues. Healthy breathing is calm and deep, but sometimes stress and tension cause our breathing to become short and shallow. Whole Body Breathing, done with mind an body unified, supplies abundant oxygen to the cells, removes carbon dioxide and other waste matter, relaxes the body, and calms the mind. Practicing this technique builds a habit of healthy breathing that benefits us in every minute of our lives.
Drop-In Aikido: Feeling the Attack or "Know Your Partner's Mind"
The second principle of Soshu Tohei's Five Principles to Lead Others is "Know Your Partner's Mind." When we relax and allow our mind to settle, we can see and feel the subtle cues our partner gives us, broadcasting their intentions and showing us the state of their mind. Learning to relax and observe in this way allows us to interact more smoothly with others--both in our Ki-Aikido techniques and in our daily life.
Read Shinichi Tohei Sensei's blog post on Breath Training.
Shinichi Tohei also translated Soshu Tohei's book Ki Breathing in a series of 36 blog posts.
You can read them here
Read Shinichi Tohei Sensei's blog post: Calm the Mind First.
The Dojo will be closed on Monday, August 22 through Monday September 5 for our Summer Recess and Japan Cultural Immersion & HQ Training trip.
Drop-In Classes resume Monday, September 12.